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1.1 – Risk Indicators

Elder abuse may be represented through the four categories mentioned, and may manifest itself in different ways (Table 1.1).

Table 1.1 – Manifestations of abuse

Types of physical abuse

  • Shoving

  • Hitting

  • Forcing someone to eat or drink something

  • Forcing someone to be in an inappropriate position

  • To attach or bind someone

  • Pinching

  • Burning (with cigarettes, fluids…)

  • Injuries or wounds

  • Breaking bones

  • Pulling Hair

  • Shaking

  • Putting or throwing food or water at

someone

  • Sexual abuse

Types of psychological or emotional abuse

  • reaten to abandon someone

  • Non-justifiable accusations

  • Harassment

  • Physical or verbal intimidation

  • Infantilizing the individual

  • Limiting the rights of an individual to:

  • a private life

  • take a decision

  • medical information

  • vote

  • receive mail

  • communicate with others

Using the resources of the older person

To take possession of the property of an

for the benefit of the caregiver Financial blackmail

individual Coercion to sign legal documents, such

Types of financial abuse

as wills, acts of property, etc.

Neglecting the dehydration of an individual

Neglecting the good nutrition of an

individual Ignoring untreated ulcers

Types of neglect or abandonment

  • Neglecting the hygiene of an individual

  • Not healing open wounds or lesions

  • Maintaining an unhealthy environment

  • Abandoning the person in bed,

the streets, or a public institution

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